Press releases

  • 15 Jul 2015 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned, in the strongest terms, the recent attacks in Afghanistan that killed and injured more than 100 civilians, including women and children. The attacks in Khost and Baghlan Provinces and Kabul city occurred near spaces of public assembly, including a bazaar as well as mosque where civilians had gathered to pray.
  • 14 Jul 2015 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I condemn the attack targeting civilians gathered for Iftar at the Grand Mosque in Pul-e-Khomri, Baghlan province. The attack wounded more than 40 civilians, with many in critical condition An improvised explosive device planted at the mosque detonated during an Iftar dinner for 500 people. The government had arranged the event to distribute oil and rice to the poorest families of the city.  
  • 13 Jul 2015 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I condemn, in the strongest terms, yesterday’s suicide attack in Khost Matun city, Khost province, that killed 27 civilians and injured at least 10 others. Among those killed were three women and 12 children. The attack also killed six members of the Afghan security forces.
  • 11 Jul 2015 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council welcomed the direct talks held on 7 July in Muree, Pakistan, between the Government of Afghanistan and Taliban representatives, as a step towards peace and reconciliation. The members of the Security council encouraged the parties in the talks to continue building on these efforts through an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned dialogue as laid forth in the 20 July 2010 Kabul Conference Communiqué. 
  • 08 Jul 2015 - KABUL - The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Nicholas Haysom, welcomed the direct talks held yesterday between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives in Islamabad, Pakistan, and urged the parties to take the next steps towards a reconciliation and peace process.
  • 08 Jul 2015 - NEW YORK - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the direct talks held yesterday between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives in Pakistan. He reiterated his support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, and expressed his appreciation for the commitment of the parties and the constructive role of the host, Pakistan.
  • 07 Jul 2015 - KABUL - The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, met today in Kabul with leading civil society activists and journalists to discuss recent threats against journalists and civil activists posted on social networks of external armed groups.
  • 22 Jun 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns today’s attack on Parliament in Kabul. “The attack against Parliament, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility, is a clear and deliberate affront to democracy in Afghanistan – An attack against the Afghan peoples’ democratically elected representatives," said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
  • 21 Jun 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the killing of 16 civilians, mostly women and children, and the injuring of several others, when their minibus hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on Saturday in the southern province of Helmand. The victims were members of three families returning to their village, having fled violent clashes between Anti-Government Elements and Afghan National Security Forces earlier the same day.
  • 02 Jun 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations expressed its outrage at today’s murder of nine civilians working with the People in Need agency. "Once again, I am appalled to be speaking out following the killing of aid workers who are providing much needed assistance in Afghanistan,” said Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.
  • 14 May 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)  strongly condemns yesterday’s killing of at least 17 civilians in two separate attacks for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.  
  • 11 May 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns yesterday's suicide attack against a civilian bus transporting employees of the Attorney General's Office in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that killed five prosecutors, including three women prosecutors and injured 19 other civilians.
  • 18 Apr 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes today’s approval of 16 ministers to the country’s national unity Government by lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the National Assembly.
  • 18 Apr 2015 - KABUL/GENEVA - Access to justice for women victims of violence in Afghanistan needs to be strengthened, a new UN report has urged.

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